Fred Shuttlesworth, Oral History

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Title

Fred Shuttlesworth, Oral History

Description

Rev. Fred Lee Shuttlesworth (b. March 18, 1922; d. October 5, 2011), a Birmingham Baptist Minister and Pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham from 1953 to 1961. He was the founder of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR) in 1956 in response to the State of Alabama banning the NAACP. A major leader in the struggle for Civil Rights in Birmingham and nationally, he left Birmingham in 1961 but returned frequently to participate in the struggle. One of the leaders to organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King, Rev. Shuttlesworth played an active role in struggles in Selma, Alabama and St. Augustine, Florida. The occasion for this visit to Birmingham was the commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the ACMHR.

Creator

Fred Shuttlesworth
Rick Upshaw
Lewis White

Publisher

Birmingham Black Radio Museum

Date

June 1966

Contributor

Jeff Hayes
Bob Friedman
Emily Bibb

Format

JPG
MP3
PDF

Language

English

Identifier

RevShuttlesworthOH

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Rick Upshaw
Lewis White

Interviewee

Fred Shuttlesworth

Location

WJLD Studios

Transcription

Tanscript of audio snippet:

Fred Shuttlesworth: As you know there was a lot of political furor going on in the state, and we did not have time to adequately plan for a program, and so we just announced that I felt that I should be allowed to retire from the presidency and turn it over to other hands. I never wanted to play God and I don’t think that I’m invincible. However, since that time there’s been such a terrific response on the part of the local people – in particular, the masses and many of the people who are not…who are a little bit above the masses, we’ll say the classes. They’ve been all of one voice in asking me to stay. Now, my immediate concern is not whether I stay or go; of course, it’s nice to be loved, but it’s better to be needed. It’s better to have something to do; it’s better to have something to commit yourself to. And that’s my job.

Duration

Full interview: 30 minutes 29 seconds
Audio snippet: 2 minutes

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Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.jpg
Shuttlesworth 1966 - 2 min  snippet.mp3
Fred Shuttlesworth.pdf

Citation

Fred Shuttlesworth, Rick Upshaw, and Lewis White, “Fred Shuttlesworth, Oral History,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed August 20, 2018, http://thebbrm.org/document/90.

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